Introduction and features of OpenOffice
Openoffice is a set of tools developed by a free software community [G] among which is Sun Microsystems (founder), Novell and Google. The tools that we can find in this package are:
- Text document or Writer: tool to edit text.
- Spreadsheet or Calc: spreadsheet manager.
- Presentation or Impress: tool to create multimedia presentations.
- Drawing or Draw: application to make diagrams, drawings and graphics.
- Formula or Math: editor of mathematical formulas.
- Database or Database: database manager.
The use of the OpenOffice.org package is spreading, both in the working world and in the private sector, due to the existence of a multitude of features that make it increasingly attractive to users. The most important properties are:
- It is free and open source software : it can be downloaded for free from the official website http://www.openoffice.org/es/ , based on four freedoms:
- Freedom to use it for any purpose.
- Freedom to modify it adapting it to the particular needs of the user.
- Freedom to distribute copies.
- Freedom to improve it.
- It is cross-platform : it can be run on several operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS-X, Linux and Sun Solaris.
- It uses a common user interface : all tools in the OpenOffice.org package have a similar appearance, which facilitates their use.
- It allows the compatibility of files: you can open and save files in many common formats including Microsoft Office, HTML, XML, WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3 and even, you have the possibility of exporting to PDF and Flash.
- It has support in several languages: it is available in more than 40 languages.
Supported OpenOffice extensions
As we mentioned earlier, one of the features of the OpenOffice.org suite [G] is its file compatibility. In the table that we present below, we will show each one of the files that are created and the extension that it generates. We will also include the correspondence that exists with the Microsoft Office files so that the analogy between them can be seen.
|File||Extension||Icon||EQUIVALENCE WITH MICROSOFT OFFICE||Icon|
|Writer||* .odt||* .doc, * .docx|
|Writer template||* .ott||* .dot|
|HTML document||* .html||* .html|
|HTML template||* .oth||–|
|Calc||* .ods||* .xls, * .xlsx|
|Calc template||* .ots||* .xlt|
|Impress||* .odp||* .ppt, * .pps|
|Impress template||* .otp||* .pot|
|Draw||* .odg||* .dwm|
|Draw Template||* .otg||–|
|Database||* .odb||* .mdb|
|Master documents||* .odm||* .adp|